“The richness of silver is immortal. It doesn’t die.” This phrase was often uttered by silversmith Antonio Pineda, who died last December at the age of 90. From his studio in the mountain village of Taxco, in Mexico’s state of Guerrero, Pineda created silver work that has became known around the world for its elegant, handmade precision. In his tableware and necklaces, he fused religious and pre-Columbian imagery with modernist cool. His jewelry is renowned for gracefully curving to the contours of the human body. Much of his work is on display in a new show at the Museum of International Folk Art called Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican
Modernist Antonio Pineda. The show includes silversmith works he created between the 1930s and 1970s, including necklaces, bracelets, hollowware, and tableware. The Museum of International Folk Art (706 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, 476-1200) opens its exhibition on Sunday, June 6, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Entry is by museum admission. A preview with wine, food, and music takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. Tickets are $50 and are available from the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St.; call 988-1234. The show runs through January 2, 2011.
Twisted silver cuff by Antonio Pineda